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Why 2016 Was A Good Year For Humanity: 38 Gains In Health and Well-being

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Becker’s Hospital Review“‘If it bleeds, it leads’ isn’t a phrase coined by some cut-throat tabloid editor. It’s a potent truth that lies at the heart of the modern day media machine. It’s time for some balance.”

This quote from Angus Hervey, PhD, political economist, science communicator and editor of Future Crunch, couldn’t be truer. News headlines and the general media are saturated with heartbreaking stories of death, disease, war and crime. When reflecting on the past year in news, it’s easy to think 2016 was a disaster. But this mindset overlooks the many beautiful and inspiring things that have happened in the past year…Read More>>

 

American Hospital Association CEO Rick Pollack: The Future of Healthcare

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In Your Job Search, Think “Location” Last: Really?

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Jackson Physician Search – Historically we have been taught to think that location is everything; how many times have you heard the expression, “Location, Location, Location”? But location should be one of the last factors to consider in your job search.

You read that right: location last. Why?

Because “location” is really a function of bringing together all the factors that are important to your practice goals and ideal lifestyle. When you are clear about these other needs, you open doors to discovering the ideal place that delivers them.

Resetting your Job Search Mindset

Would it surprise you to learn that over 50% of Residents and Fellows relocate within three years after their program completion? There is a direct correlation between a choice made solely on a specific location, and the subsequent need to relocate soon after.

A successful job search should prioritize these three “fit factors”:

  1. Lifestyle. This includes family needs, hobbies and the amenities of a community that allow you to do what you most enjoy on a regular basis when you’re not working.
  2. Practice Setting. Health system or small hospital? Single-specialty or multispecialty group? Academic medicine or strictly clinical practice? We place hundreds of physicians each year in every type of practice setting. But each has as a unique culture. Once you begin seeing patients, the inside of your office or hospital will look – and essentially function – the same way anywhere. The difference is in the fit of the workplace culture and community. Your goal is to be happy at work and at home with your family, doing the things you enjoy.
  3. Financial Agreements. Unless you relocate to an area notoriously low for reimbursements, all hospitals and medical groups know the going rate for all specialties. If the interview goes well and everyone wants to move forward with a contract, you will rarely find that financial negotiations will be an obstacle.

Think Twice About Your “Fit Factors”

Think twice before you take the easy route and default to a familiar “location.”

Start interviewing early, and open your mind to the quality of a practice and lifestyle that may be waiting for you in a location that you may never have heard of before.

A good place to start is by exploring opportunities online, and finding a recruiter you are comfortable working with. A good recruitment consultant has visited the practice sites you’re considering and knows the culture of the hiring organizations. They will streamline the process and serve as a trusted advisor.

Shattering Preconceived Notions

Once presented with the various opportunities that meet your lifestyle, practice type, culture and financial priorities, we often see candidate’s location preconceptions shatter––in a good way. If you expect only cornfields and haystacks in Iowa, you may miss the chance to practice in one of most beautiful lake resorts in the country. Similar “best kept secrets” can be found in the awe inspiring beauty of the Finger Lakes Region, the Adirondacks or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

When you consider the many factors that will ensure a good fit, you will find there are many places that can actually fill your needs.

Send us your questions – we’ll ask the experts and poll your peers for answers!

2019 Physician Job Search Outlook
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2019 Physician Job Search Outlook

Let’s look at the 2019 Hiring Outlook for Physicians.  With 2019 right around the corner, is it the perfect time to start planning to change jobs, retire early, get out of private…

Keeping up with the Dr. Joneses… and Other Ways to Sabotage Your Physician Job Search

As an in-demand physician, the chances are pretty good that you have plenty of opportunities to consider when and if you are in the market for a new practice opportunity.  

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Is the Hippocratic Oath Still Relevant?

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Medscape Nearly all doctors recite the original Hippocratic Oath or an alternative version of it in medical school. Yet it remains controversial, prompting questions about whether it should be retired.

Defenders assert that it has as much relevance today as ever, because it remains a public declaration of the social contract between the profession of medicine, its individual members, and society as a whole. Critics wonder whether the oath is a “necessary protection or an elaborate hoax.” This is because the notion that a physician has independent power to behave morally and ethically in the treatment of patients is complex, given the role of the health insurance industry, hospital employers, and the pharmaceutical industry, not to mention the still-pervasive fee-for-service environment.

The oath, written 2400 years ago in and for a simpler time, appears silent on these issues. Thus, the question becomes: is the Hippocratic Oath still relevant? Read More>>

Dr. Charles Sorenson: Misperceptions on Healthcare

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Dr. Sorenson’s message was clear: we can choose to see the turbulent nature of the healthcare environment, as bleak or as an “unparalleled opportunity to make healthcare better for the people we serve and to make it better for the people who choose this noble profession.”

With that opportunity comes an even greater sense of urgency and commitment to helping physicians find the place where they can best serve.

Becker’s Hospital Review– Much of the discourse on the current state of U.S. healthcare centers on the rapid pace of change, an uncertain future and serious financial challenges for patients and providers alike. With the recent presidential election of Donald Trump and the likelihood that the ACA will be fundamentally changed or repealed, the future of U.S. healthcare is less certain than ever.

But despite the turbulent nature of the healthcare environment, clinicians and leaders must not throw up their hands in the face of these challenges, many of which have become defining characteristics of the industry. In fact, many people hold misperceptions about these commonly bemoaned issues, according to Charles Sorenson, MD, president emeritus of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare. Read More>>